Macon pleads to lesser charge in shooting case

Apr. 22, 2014 @ 10:23 AM

One of the men involved in a deadly shootout near Springwood Apartments two years ago accepted a plea deal in Vance County Superior Court on Monday.

Darnell Macon, of 3299 Epsom Rocky Ford Road, Henderson, was sentenced by Judge Andrew R. Hassell to a minimum of six months and a maximum of 17 months in prison on a charge of engaging in a riot resulting in serious bodily injury.

He entered into an Alford Plea, which is not an admission of guilt. Rather, it means there is enough evidence for a jury to find a guilty verdict in the case.

Macon, 25, and LaJohn Champion, 24, were both charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 25-year-old Gregory Welfare on Oct. 20, 2012.

The first-degree murder charge was dismissed.

Champion and Macon were tried separately.

Welfare had been sitting in his car arguing with members of an opposing gang before a gunfight erupted, according to the autopsy report.

Henderson Police Department officers found both Welfare and Champion shot at the scene in the area of Thomas Street and Young Avenue.

Welfare was pronounced dead soon after his arrival at Maria Parham Medical Center.

He reportedly drove a short distance from where the shooting occurred, then ran off the road into a ditch where police discovered him minutes later, according to reports.

Autopsy reports indicate Welfare died from a gunshot wound to the left chest.

 

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